Planet of the Apes (1968) movie review

James / June 23rd, 2017

Finally reviewed on Cinemassacre.

Sequels/reboots reviews to follow next week. It’ll be a quick/condensed review.

And I’ve been hard at work on AVGN.



  • Weldin Dunn

    June 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This movie gets better each time I see it. I have a similar experience where I notice something new each time. I love that line at the end. “You’re so damned ugly.” It’s not only hilarious, but it makes me think about the subjective conception of ugliness.

  • Don Skiver

    June 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I liked that joke ending. Made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  • Ross Thompson

    June 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I recently had the opportunity to watch this movie with someone who legitimately knew nothing about it. Seeing their reaction to the ending made me feel like a kid again.

  • RMBowie

    June 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    nice love the end part

  • diegowar

    June 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What the hell, this video is perfect except for the very end…

    In your Wonder Woman review you spoil Batman Begins out of nowhere, and this time you also give away important endings of other movies out of nowhere.

    Fuck that… I LOVE your reviews man, but if they’re unsafe to watch, that’s a real shame. One person can’t have seen absolutely all the classics.

    • Gorlomi

      June 24, 2017 at 4:33 am

      I agree. The joke was alright but those were spoilers for completely unrelated films.

      • itscmillertime

        June 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

        Eh… i feel most people have seen those movies or know about the endings. And rosebud isn’t as much of a spoiler if you ask me. I guess it is… but not as much of a shocker.

      • notsu

        June 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

        I disagree. Personally I hadn’t seen neither Citizen Kane, Psycho nor Fight Club. And I bet the vast majority of people aged 14-22 haven’t seen most of these either.

        And even if 80% of people knew about these movies (which isn’t the case), how would that make it OK to ruin it for the remaining 20% ?

        Especially after what he says earlier in the video : “if you don’t know about the ending of this movie, you’re very lucky and you will have a great experience”. How can you believe in that and then proceed to do this ?

        In the youtube comments alone there are a lot of people complaining that they got Fight Club spoiled, or 6th sense spoiled. And that’s only the ones who took the time to write a comment. This video alone probably ruined these movies for hundreds of people.

      • Joker83

        June 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

        So the people who didn’t see Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Fight Club (some of the most famous and talked about movie endings of all time), saw Planet of the Apes?

      • notsu

        June 25, 2017 at 9:27 pm

        And I am the living proof that it’s possible. I have caught up with a lot of classics, but you can’t expect me to have seen every movies ever made. For instance I’ve seen The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) but I have yet to see Goodfellas which I’ve heard is great, and plan to watch it as well as other classics when I get the time. There is just so many of them.

      • June 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

        I’ve had the debate before… Basically, everything remains a spoiler. You just gotta be careful.

      • notsu

        June 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

        Which I am. I almost never get spoiled, of anything.

        I’m like a professional at not getting spoiled of tv shows, sports results, even upcoming movies I see zero poster, zero trailer, most of them I go into them not knowing who are going to be the actors (for instance for Rogue One, I had no idea that the movie was happening before IV and it was very pleasant to discover everything by myself).

        There isn’t not much I can do when a movie completely unrelated to what I’m watching is spoiled instantly like here though.

        All that said, I want to stress that I really enjoyed this review, other than that 🙂

  • Matthew Daggs

    June 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Please do a review of Fight Club sometime it’s one of my favorites, and I always wanted to know your opinion

  • Satnav

    June 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Definitely a classic. I watched it blind as a kid too and fortunately remember being taken aback by the ending.

    Also, the film is based–albeit loosely–on a French scifi novel, so the Twilight Zone connection probably isn’t as strong as James implies.

  • itscmillertime

    June 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Condensed? There is so much to talk about with the sequels! Reboots… are ok

  • greedo

    June 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    “Man is a menace”. Pretty good film. Especially the ending. Which I will not spoil, any more than James did. 🙂 I can’t help but like all of the characters in this film. Even Dr. Zaius, as aggravating as he is. I just wish that Hollywood would have left well enough alone, and let this series of films stand on its’ own.

    • greedo

      June 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      One point I forgot to mention, though. To be fair, Dr. Zaius is simply enforcing the laws that were handed down by the Lawgiver. Though one wonders if they weren’t “altered” on down through the centuries.

  • Joker83

    June 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    This is a great video and a great review. It made me think about the movie in new ways too. I really loved the ending where you show the rediculous cover of the VHS box.
    As to the people complaining about spoilers… you mean to tell me you know the ending to Planet of the Apes but somehow missed all time classic endings that have been talked about and parodied endlessly, like Psycho, Sixth Sense, Citizen Kane, and Fight Club? If that is somehow true, then maybe don’t pause the video at those quick faux VHS covers that flashed rapidly in the screen so fast you could barely register the spoiler.
    Anyway, awesome review James. I really enjoyed this one

  • gone with the vint

    June 29, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I saw POTA as a kid and the ending had a huge impact on me. Great video as always, but I’d like to know what you are thinking about the source (the novel written by Pierre Boule) and the original ending. I remember people were upset about the ending of the 2001 remake, which was in fact closer to the novel.

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